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    July 21, 2011
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having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time. its voyage at an end. >> thousands gathered near the florida landing strip for today's touchdown of the shuttle "atlantis." it was the last flight of the 30-year space shuttle program. what the crew now back on earth had to say about being a part of history. good morning and welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm aaron gilchrist in for barbara harrison. it's thursday, july 21st, 2011.
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we'll have more on the shuttle landing in a live report in just a few minutes. first, though, we begin with the extreme heat we're all dealing with. it can be downright deadly. at least 22 people have died from the heat wave nationwide. right now, at least 34 states and the district of columbia under heat advisories and warnings. that means nearly 141 million americans are affected. this is all because of a heat dome caused by a huge area of high pressure that is compressing hot, moist air beneath it. that heat dome is now over our area. and to give you an idea of just how hot it is outside in the middle of the afternoon, we used a special infrared laser thermometer to measure surface temperatures. a tennis court in rockville, 133 degrees. the scoreboard at a nearby baseball field in cabin john park, 103 degrees. but the seats registered at 136 degrees and the dugout, the railing there went in at 169 degrees. taking a live look outside right now, the hazy sunshine helping
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those temperatures rise quickly. veronica johnson is in storm center 4 and joins us now with the first forecast. and veronica, i think it was maybe two hours ago you put the heat index at 100. i can't believe what it might be now. >> yeah, well, it's over that right now. and it will be a dangerous situation, really, for being outside for any prolonged period of time today. if you're going to be exerting yourself, and especially if you're not going to be taking care of yourself. the temperature, well, it's not that bad right now. we're at 89 degrees, currently. but what is crazy, what really is insane is the humidity. it's at 70% and that dew point temperature is at 78 degrees. and all my summers of working here, you know, it's been a rare occasion where it's that high, so early in the day. you get the dew point temperature over 70, and it already feels very humid. 75 degrees in haier, that is oppressive. so currently those heat index values, from 103 degrees inside the beltway. take a look at culpepper at 108. it feels like 114 degrees in
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fredericksburg, virginia, right now. easy to see why we're talking about extreme heat and the warnings that are up throughout the area today. that heat index, a lot of neighborhoods due to get up to 115 degrees today. and it's not just today, but tomorrow and perhaps even saturday. those heat index values, again, very high. last here, from what i can see here, the highest heat index value was 108 with our july heat wave. back to you, aaron. >> veronica, thank you. thousands in manassas today are braving the heat to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the civil war battle of bull run. news 4's megan mcgrath is live on the battle field with more on what's going on out there. hey, megan. >> reporter: well, hey. we've got all kinds of people checking out the events taking place here today. we're expecting about 100,000 people to come to manassas for four days' worth of events, including 10,000 reenactors, including these folks. these guys are -- most of them are from south carolina.
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the gentleman on the end is from shenandoah, that area. and as you can see, they are dressed for the part here. and unfortunately, it is so, so hot out here. it's going to be a difficult weekend for folks, everyone who attends this event. it's a terrific event. make sure you bring water and make sure you take care of yourself. and we're expecting a big crowd for all the happenings. >> at the left, march! >> reporter: it's like stepping back in time. men on horseback, some in proper military uniform, others in the casual dress of the citizen soldier. >> this was a handmade frock coat. it's a little unusual, because it has wooden buttons. >> reporter: 10,000 reenactors are bringing the battle of bull run to life this weekend. among them, steven dunn. >> i said i'm commanding the confederate cavalry contingent here at the living history event. and we'll be drilling, we'll be doing the best we can to portray soldiers. >> reporter: it's the 150th
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anniversary of bull run. also called the first battle of manassas. the bloody clash was really the first major battle of the civil war. >> the first land battle ever fought in the civil war, and the fact that brother fought against brother and the fact that, you know, they put guns to each other and said, you know, even though you're my neighbor, you're wearing the wrong color. so there is a huge significance to it. and i think we've learned a lot from that. >> reporter: every effort has been made to be authentic, from the artillery to the surgery tent. the hope, to spark interest in our nation's history, to remember lessons learned. >> it's a function of educating the public, most young people. because most young people don't care much about history. but this is a good introduction to it. >> reporter: brutal temperatures are expected for the next several days. the red cross has set up cooling and medical tents. everyone is urged to take precautions and to stay hydrated.
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but for the reenactors in their elaborate costumes, that may be difficult. >> um, stay hydrated and there's apparently air-conditioning in the gym, so, there may be a number of women in dresses reclining. >> reporter: no doubt going to be a very difficult weekend for you guys. how are you doing? how are the horses doing with this heat? >> well, the horses are doing a lot better than the people are. they don't have air-conditioning and lounge chairs to get into. so just like history repeats itself, the first manassas battle was 100 and something, and 50 years ago it was 100 and something, and now it's 100 again. so we'll make our way through it. just got to be smart and keep yourself hydrated and keep fluid in you and take your time. >> reporter: we thank you for braving the elements here to stay with us. a big weekend, we're expecting big crowds. you'll have to grab a shuttle bus to get here. keep that in mind. and really, the key is to bring
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water, wear a hat, wear light-colored clothing. aaron, do not wear a suit like i am. that's my advice to folks. >> you can get changed now, megan. thanks a lot. in an effort to keep traffic moving, a shuttle system will be in place to help get visitors to each event. megan mentioned it. if you're planning on attending any of the civil war events this weekend, you'll have to park at the prince william fairengrounds on dumpfris road. new today, a fire damaged a business in montgomery county. this happened around 4:00 this morning at the mailboxes and more in rockville. one firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat-related reasons. he is expected to be treated and released. the cause of that fire remains under investigation. a business morning for d.c. firefighters as well. an auto repair shop in the 1700 block of rhode island avenue in northeast was significantly damaged by a vehicle fire. both the repair area and the office space were damaged. and this morning, a family
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is out of their home after a fire at the watergate complex. it happened last night on the tenth floor of the watergate east building in northwest washington. officials say the fire began in the kitchen area. they were able to contain that fire to the one apartment. smoke proved to be a bigger problem, though. three people were taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation. one firefighter also suffered heat exhaustion. everyone is expected to be okay. police shot and killed a man in fairfax county. neighbors say he was a marine who fought in the war on terror. police say they were forced to open fire. this happened while they were responding to a disturbance this morning at a townhome in the 6100 block of kendra way in centreville. news 4's tracee wilkins talked to neighbors. >> reporter: fairfax county police are still on the scene investigating, trying to figure out exactly what led to this police-involved shooting. >> we love our family. >> reporter: lori weis says the armed man shot by fairfax county police this morning was a good neighbor. >> he was my neighbor.
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he was a good person. >> reporter: this morning, fairfax county police were called to this home in the 6100 block of kendra way for the report of a disturbance. once on the scene, they were approached by an armed man who refused to drop his weapon. >> he started to approach them and they ordered him to drop his weapon and to halt. neither of which he complied with. and at that point, our officers fired. >> reporter: the weapon the 34-year-old suspect was allegedly holding now lice in the driveway near a can of beer. most of the windows in the front of the house were broken somehow, from the inside-out. >> anyone looking at the house now can see that all of the windows, just about all of the windows on the second and third floor are broken out. how that happened, we're not sure. but it was as a result of the disturbance inside. >> we only hear the glass when he broke it, and we look outside, and suddenly the police officers were there.
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and everything passed too quick. we just hear the gunshot and that's it. >> reporter: police have not released the identity of the suspect. but his close friend and neighbor says that he and his wife had been married for two to three years and moved into the townhome newlyweds. she says that he was a marine and war vet and that he and his wife were happily preparing to celebrate their anniversary and planning to start a family. neighbors say they never saw something like this coming. >> not sure what happened. seemed like a really nice guy. >> reporter: fairfax county police spokesman say that there are two sides to this investigation. one, a criminal side. the other, an internal investigation. in fact, the officers involved in this shooting have already been taken in for review. in centreville, i'm tracee wilkins, news 4. police have made an arrest in the murder of an elderly man in fairfax county, virginia. police in pennsylvania took richard hanson into custody in scranton shortly after midnight. hanson was wanted in the
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shooting death of his father. gary hanson was found inside his home along chancellor way in springfield tuesday night. d.c. police calling the shooting death of a transgender person a possible hate crime. 24-year-old lachey mcclain was found shot to death on dix street in northeast. witnesses say they heard shouting before the shots. no arrests have been made, but police say they are looking for two male suspects. today, maryland officials unveiled a deal to save at least part of prince george's hospital center. the new partnership involves dimension health care and the university of maryland medical system. it includes a new state of the art medical facility in prince george's county that could also serve nearby calvert and charles counties. this morning, part of georgia avenue still closed after a massive water main break. water crews are trying to fix a 16-inch main that broke yesterday morning. 4 million gallons of water spilled into the street and damaged nearby homes. southbound georgia avenue is closed between randolph road and henderson avenue. no word on when that road will
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reopen. let's go to the time right now. it is 11 minutes after the 11:00 hour. coming up, cap, cut, and balance. the senate debate is underway right now. we'll have the latest. and whether today's actions mean we are any closer to a debt ceiling agreement. and headed to hollywood. why d.c. mayor vincent gray is headed west.
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nasa's shuttle program is officially history. "atlantis" touched down early this morning. it was the last landing ever for nasa's shuttle fleet. nbc's jay gray is live at the kennedy space center in florida this morning. jay, you watched that final landing. quite a moment. >> yeah. aaron, absolutely. good to talk to you again. an amazing morning and an emotional one here, as you might imagine. the end of the 30-year shuttle program. it was a picture-perfect landing just before dawn on runway 15. but now in the light of day, we're beginning to see the end of an amazing era in space exploration. >> you are go for the burn and you can maneuver on time. >> great news. thanks. go for the maneuver on time. >> reporter: as "atlantis" made the final turn towards home, the magnitude of this historic day became impossible to ignore. >> no changes to winds or weather, nominal chute. >> reporter: as the shuttle cut
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through the dark florida sky, the anticipation and emotion continued to grow. >> piercing the predawn skies as the space shuttle announces its arrival at the launch site with its signature sound of twin sonic booms, having gone subsonic for the last time. >> reporter: cresting as the wheels touch down on runway 15. >> nose gears touch down. having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its play in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time. its voyage at an end. >> reporter: "atlantis" and an amazing era rolling to a stop after a job well done. >> a lot of emotion today, but one thing's indisputable. america's not going to stop exploring. thank you, "columbia," "challenger," "discovery," "endeavour," and our ship, "atlantis." thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. god bless all of you and god
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bless the united states of america. >> reporter: it was a final mission the crew hopes inspires the next generation. >> i want that picture of a young 6-year-old boy looking up at a space shuttle in a museum and say, you know, daddy, i want to do something like that when i grow up. or i want our country to do fantastic things like this for the continued future. >> reporter: but today is not about the future, it is about "atlantis" and that storied past of three decades. everyone pausing to look back, to remember what has been done here, and then they'll take the chance to look forward and see what comes next. that's the very latest here from kennedy space center. i'm jay gray. now back to you. >> all right, jay gray, thank you. new today, a member of the senate's gang of six says there is not enough time to complete a debt limit deal he helped create. in fact, democrat kent conrad says it's impossible to cut spending and overhaul the tax code before the nation's debt goes into default on august 2nd.
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the gang of six's plan includes $3 trillion in spending cuts, which many republicans backed, and another $1 trillion in tax hikes, which democrats wanted. the white house indicated it's willing to support a deal on which both sides agree. no debt limit by tomorrow, no debt limit deal by tomorrow, could partially shut down the federal aviation administration. its current authority expires at midnight on friday. the house passed a republican-sponsored debt bill that includes cuts in airline subsidies. senate majority democrats call that bill unacceptable. if no deal is reached, the government may have to furlough some 4,000 workers. however, air traffic controllers would stay on the job, because they are considered essential personnel. after calls to change its screening process, the tsa is testing out a new type of body scanner at reagan national airport. the new version simply shows a generic body outline and highlights any items that may still be in a person's pockets with a box over that location. if everything appears okay, the passenger sees a green box saying "okay" and he or she is
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free to go. the old screening process was seen by some as an invasion of privacy. today, d.c. mayor vincent gray is headed to hollywood. he'll meet with studio and production company executives. his goal is to lure more big-budget productions to the district. the mayor will spend three days in l.a. he's attending the summer leadership meeting of the u.s. conference of mayors. veronica johnson joins us now. and we're talking about this sun, just sort of leaning on us the next couple of days. it's going to just be abhorrent, unbearable. >> or just one heavy, weighted atmosphere over us. it's very humid, it's very hot, stifling heat. you know, normally with thunderstorms, you can, like, go in a safe direction. you know, you don't have to deal with it, necessarily. >> you can't escape this, though. >> right, you can't escape this, and that is the big story for so many of the big cities throughout the east. now the heat wave coming our way not just for one day, not just for two, but for three days of
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extreme heat and extremely high humidity. so combined, we're talking about heat index values each day around 115 degrees. of course, just one of the reasons why heat is the number one killer in the u.s. we've got 89 degrees right now with a hazy sky. but that heat index, as i showed you earlier, already over 100 degrees. we've got a south wind at 9 miles per hour. so the wind, it's not going to help us much. even if it was blowing around 15 miles per hour, it would not be helping very much at all. up to the north, some high numbers. in the triple digits already. what it feels like around mt. ari, around howard county, columbia. 102 the current heat index and 0, waldorf, maryland, to 114 already in fredericksburg, virginia. here's a look at the advisories that are up for the area. it is an excessive heat warning. that means that we're expecting, again, the heat index around
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115, extremely hot, humid conditions throughout the area. so make sure you take a lot of breaks today. make sure you stay in the ac if you can. stay hydrated. and really take care of yourself. here are some of the numbers. the heat index values throughout the rest of the nation. 91, kansas city. 92, dallas. all right, so here's where that heat started. and now that dome of heat has pushed eastward, so we're seeing some of the highest values now across the mid-atlantic states, down to raleigh, already also at 103 degrees. what it feels like there. and the advisories, the heat advisories, as well as excessive heat warnings, up throughout about half the nation today. and this time, up into the northeast and the new england states. new york, vermont, new hampshire too. so your weather then, over the next 48 hours, we're going to see just some clouds drifting through. some high clouds, mostly sunny. now, saturday, saturday, we're going to still have some sunshine around the area, but saturday we could get a thunderstorm around the area, i think, late in the day. we've got a better chance to see
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some storm activity on sunday. then we're going to start seeing some cooler air come in. i can even say cooler air with highs around 90 degrees for next week. today's forecast, 97 to 101, again, feeling like we're. up around 108 to 115. many neighborhoods for today. for the evening, we're mostly clear, we're still hot, and we will be quite uncomfortable for the evening, with a temperature dropping from 96 to 90 degrees. here's a look at your four-day forecast. unbelievable heat, record heat for today, friday, saturday, and the record on sunday, too, that record on sunday is 96 degrees. so, in fact, we could have record heat for the next four, but triple-digit readings and the kind of heat that we don't see around here too often for the next three. next week, 92, 91, 92. and that's more like it for summer here in d.c. >> and we are at that point in the summer where we get the hottest of the heat, right? >> exactly. >> so hopefully the downside is coming soon. >> but just having one day would have been nice. >> exactly. good point.
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thanks, veronica. well, still ahead on "news 4 midday," actress lindsay lohan is due back in court today. why a judge wants to see her. ♪ it's your party ♪ we're going to party like it's your birthday ♪ >> and they're at it again, justin timberlake and fallon team up for "the history of rap what makes the sleep number store different? you walk into a conventional mattress store, it's really not about you. they say, "well, if you want a firm bed you can lay on one of those, if you want a soft bed you can lay on one of those." we provide the exact individualization that your body needs. this is your body there. you can see a little more pressure in the shoulders and in the hips. then they start telling us,
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today might be the first time in a year that lindsay lohan goes to court and leaves without any major drama. the 25-year-old actress has to be at a case review hearing in los angeles at 1:00 eastern this afternoon. now, this stems from her probation on a drunk driving conviction in 2007 and misdemeanor theft case. court officials say prosecutors have not indicated lohan has violated her probation. she ended up in jail and rehab in similar hearings in the past. if the "mean girls" star stays out of trouble, her probation might end this year. well, they are arguably one of the most influential and popular bands ever, and now one washington man is cashing in on photos of them. photographer mike mitchell sold 50 photos of the beatles at christie's auction house last night and raked in more than $360,000. he took the pictures at their first u.s. concert back in 1964 at the washington coliseum. mitchell said the best part of
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taking the pictures was seeing the excitement and enthusiasm from playing in the states. the royal couple apparently making their new home their own by changing the smell. the duke and duchess of cambridge are temporarily living in a two-bedroom cottage at kensington palace. sources say kate felt the palace had an overwhelming musty smell, so she ordered a six-month supply of her favorite air fresheners and candles by british designer kelly hoppen. the bill, 1,500 bucks for air freshener. hoppen will design the royal couple's permanent royal residence as well. coming up in the next half hour of "news 4 midday," what our local power companies are doing to keep the lights and air-conditioning on during this heat wave. plus, veronica johnson is back with when the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel the very hottest. and the new guidelines for mammograms. stay with us.
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right now on "news 4 midday," police are trying to figure out what caused a deadly disturbance in fairfax county. officers shot and killed a man they say was carrying a gun and wouldn't listen to their commands. this happened while they were responding to a disturbance call this morning at a townhome in the 6100 block of kendra way in centreville. neighbors tell news 4 the man was a marine. the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time. its voyage at an end. >> nasa's shuttle program is officially over.
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"atlantis" touched down early this morning, and that ended the last shuttle mission 30 years after the first shuttle blasted off. and today kicks off the 150th anniversary celebration of the battle of bull run in manassas. it is the first major battle of the civil war. all weekend, civil war reenactors will endure the heat and humidity to act out that bloody battle, not only to honor those who died during the war, but to educate the rest of us on our history. steamy, warm, oppressive. doesn't matter what you call it, it is just plain hot outside. and not just here, but all over the country, it's being called a heat dome. nbc's kevin tibbles takes a look at how other people are dealing with all this heat. >> reporter: heeding the heat, or at least trying to in columbus, ohio, as much of the country sizzles in the sun. >> i'm trying my best to beat the heat, man, but, yeah, it's outrageous right now. >> try to stay inside if you can, and when you're outside, stay in the shade and get in the
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water. >> reporter: more than 141 million americans are suffering under this the oppressive dome of heat that is covering more than 1 million square miles. much of the nation has been turned into an convection oven. from times square new york to target field in minneapolis, where baseball fans did their best to stay cool. this heat wave is also deadly. and emergency rooms across the country prepare for heat-related illnesses. >> stay cool. try not to be too active out in the sun during the daytime. >> reporter: triple digit temperatures in the south are creating big problems for livestock and crops. even in bismarck, north dakota, famous for its winters, it's 95 degrees. >> very, very, very hot. >> reporter: it was only six short months ago when chicagoans looked like this, braving the midwest blizzard. now everybody just about everywhere is complaining about the heat. >> it's a lot better than a blizzard, but it's still not good. >> reporter: how hot is it? hot enough for cookies to bake
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on the car dashboard. >> they're too hot to eat right now. >> reporter: no one's even venturing outside for ice cream. >> it's too hot for people to come out. >> reporter: but at chicago's brookfield zoo, the animals were loving the giant popsicles they were given to chill. >> nbc's kevin tibbles reporting there. and remember, drink plenty of water and if you don't have to be outside, don't be. despite the expected rising demand for power, utility companies in our area say they are ready to handle the heat. both pepco and bge, though, are asking customers to help out. they say you should keep your curtains and blinds closed. also, set your thermostat at 78 or higher, if possible. they also suggest waiting to use major appliances like ovens until later in the evening when the temperature will drop just a bit. maryland state police are on the look out for stranded drivers to help them in this heat. police say troopers are directed to help drivers with disabled vehicles as quickly as possible for the next two days. they remind people to bring along plenty of water.
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can't hear that too much. they also advise drivers to carry a working cell phone. police say drivers should also never leave a child or pet unattended in a hot car. all right. want to check in one again with veronica johnson with the latest on our forecast. anderer r ereveronica, you ment earlier something about baking cookies in a car. >> that's right. i treated that this morning, vjohnson nbc 4. it's a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. you can bake them in your car, why not? because the temperature inside the car can get up to around 120 to 130 degrees, black interior, for sure. so check that out. as far as today goes, for so many of us, that phrase, "got milk?" we'll change it today to, "got water?" for those working outside today, it's going to be hard. the heat index is currently at 103 degrees. just one reason why this extreme heat that we've got across the area and the high humidity, you
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want to really respect it. we're at 89 degrees currently, the actual air temperature. air temperature's at 95, college park. 93 degrees over in reston and around vienna in falls church as well as great falls. your high temperature today, around 99 to 100 degrees. some spots south could be even higher, even if we don't get up to that actual air temperature of 99 or 100, you know it's going to be plenty oppressive. your good night/wake-up forecast into the 80s. and there's a look at today again, topping out at 101 with a very warm if not even hot evening still on the way. >> yuck. >> yeah. >> all right. thanks, veronica. a controversy is brewing over a new business looking to open in a popular fairfax county neighborhood. some residents there are calling it a sex shop and they don't want it anywhere near their homes. maria's passion paradise has started setting up shop at lake ann plaza in reston, virginia. it's not clear what will be for sale in that store if and when it opens, but it appears it will
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sell lingerie and other provocative outfits. that doesn't sit too well with residents, who say that kind of shop isn't the right match for that family-friendly neighborhood. >> it's just that we don't think it's a suitable merchandise for our setting here. >> i wouldn't want something like that -- you know, there's always little kids running around in the fountain and all that. so i don't think that would be a good thing to have right in the middle of lake ann shopping center. >> again, it's not clear if and when that controversial store might open. an about-face now from the washington metropolitan airports authority. the new metro station at dulles will be aboveground. the airports authority voted yesterday to reverse its previous decision to build the station below ground. and that isn't sitting well with all of the authorities' board members. >> i will be embarrassed that the international gateway airport for the capital of my country has a slipshod station like this. this is an embarrassment and an outrage, i am sorry to say.
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>> that board voted 12-1 to approve the aboveground option. critics of that option say it will be an eyesore and inconvenient for travelers. it will, however, be about $500 million cheaper than an underground station. virgini asking its 5,800 passengers to be on the lookout for a serial seat slasher. according to the "washington examiner," someone cut 21 seats on the commu last six weeks. vre says each seat costs about $175 to replace. a vre spokesperson said a number of seats were slashed on the manassas line trains in the evening. the vandal could face weapons charges, depending on the object used. football fans' fears of no 2011 nfl season may finally be put to rest today. the league's lockout may finally end. the players could vote on a new collective bargaining agreement at any time today. the team owners are meeting in atlanta and could also vote on the deal. both sides have been working through the night to finalize an agreement. the players say they're confident a deal will get done, but they also say they won't
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rush to a decision. >> so whether or not it's today or tomorrow or whatever it may be, we want to play football, we want to go back to work. but we're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players. >> if a deal is reached today, some training camps could open as early as next weekend. the next time tiger woods hits the links, he'll do so without his long-time caddie. he parted way with his caddie of 12 years, steve williams, yesterday. in an online statement, the golfer says, i want to express my deepest gratitude to stevie, but i think it's time for a change. because woods is out with an injury, williams is caddying for australian golfer adam scott. in "news 4 your health" today, new age guidelines for mammograms. the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists now say women should get their breast cancer screening every year, starting at the age of 40. last year, government researchers suggested those 50
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and older should get the annual mammograms. dr. nancy snyderman is the nbc chief medical editor. she says, despite these new recommendations, early screenings may not give a patient accurate results. >> the problem with women before the age of 50 is the mammography's not so great for screening for breast cancer. the breast is denser, because estrogen lefrls haven't dropped, so finding cancers isn't so easy. so there's more false positives. and we're not sure, savannah, if you change a tumor at the age of 40 that it's going to grow up to be one of those bad actors that grows up to be a tumor. >> the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists says tumors grow more quickly in women in their 40s compared to those in their 50s. stick around with us here on "news 4 midday," this summer's hottest toys, the hottest stars, and the hottest comic books are attracting thousands to san diego today. we'll take you inside this
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pretty unique event. ♪ a little salt and pepper for you this morning. they're at it again. jimmy fallon, justin timberlake
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today, first lady michelle obama will join military families for a special screening of "harry potter and the deathly hallows." it's happening at the oceana naval air station in virginia beach. the first lady will also tour
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the youth program's summer camp. san diego being invaded right now by beasts, vampires, and web slingers. it's the annual sci-fi fantasy and comic book convention known as comic-con. nbc's mark barger has a look at what the big draws are for this year's megaconvention. >> reporter: if last week belonged to potter mania -- >> we got our tickets like a month ago. >> reporter: this week belongs to the twi-hards. >> i forget how many days i've been here. >> reporter: since monday, fans of the twilight saga have been camped outside the san diego convention center. >> we're hanging out because we want to see the "breaking dawn" panel. >> reporter: robert pattinson, kristen stewart, and taylor lautner are all expected to take part in today's panel discussion of the next installment of the "twilight" issaga, "breaking dawn," which opens in november. >> no measure of time with you will be long enough. >> reporter: the trio's appearance is the marquis event
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for the opening of comic-con. >> at this point, comic-con is about every aspect of pop culture. >> reporter: 130,000 people, many dressed for the occasion, will attend this convention which over its four decades, has outgrown its comic book roots. >> comic books didn't sell out to pop culture, pop culture kind of found its way to comic books. >> so, tell us a little bit about yourself. >> reporter: in fact, one of the biggest comic book heroes, spider-man, will grab the spotlight friday when the new web slinger, andrew garfield, appears to tease next summer's big screen reboot. >> they're going to give it, you know, the full 360 degree, like, here's what you can expect from this movie, now, please, please love us and forget about the earlier movies. >> reporter: it's part of what makes san diego the annual mecca for all things fantasticical. >> i don't think you have to be a geek to love comic-con, although it definitely helps. >> reporter: and a costume doesn't hurt. mark barger, nbc news. >> a lot of costumes. this year's event is also a treat for fans, as they're going
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to meet legendary director steven spielberg. he's making his first-ever appearance at that four-day event. well, we do have some bad news on the job front today. more people applied for unemployment benefits last week. cnbc's mary thompson joins us live with more on that and the rest of the day's business headlines. mary, good morning. >> good morning to you, aaron. you know, despite this, we do have a rally underway on wall street, despite as you pointed woubt the disappointing news on the employment front, as well as consistent concerns about whether with a debt deal can be struck before the u.s. defaults on its debt. now, news of a solution of the greek get crisis are both kpining to give a lift to stocks this morning. the dow is up about 114 points, the nasdaq up 14, and the s&p up 13 as we speak. investors shrugging off reports showing first-time unemployment claims unexpectedly rose last week, focusing on an smaller than expected loss from the banking giant morgan stanley and
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news of a rebound in the philadelphia reason. financial stocks among the biggest gainers, as investors sift through a number of earnings reports. those results including stronger than expected results between the air carriers, united, continental, and u.s. air. both airlines reporting higher than expected profits despite a big jump in fuel prices. but in a sign that consumers are still being conservative, the nation's second largest grocery chain safeway sent its shares down 7% in today's trade. lastly, there is a big deal to tell you today about in the pharmacy benefits space, where the two largest companies are becoming one. express scripps is paying $21.9 billion to buy medco. back to you. >> mary, thank you. now two three local brothers who have a lot to celebrate. just three years ago, they were living in foster care, pretty n unsure about their futures, but one man changed that. here's barbara harrison with wednesday's child. >> reporter: these three very talented young mime artists know
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something about holding on to hope. when we first met terence, kevin, and demetrius six years ago, they were 11, 12, and 14. they were in the foster care system and hoping when they appeared on wednesday's child that someone would see them and offer them a loving forever home. someone willing to keep them together and raise them as their own. well, hello! oh, my goodness! good to see you guys. you've grown up so much. >> now 20, 18, and 17, they've grown up to be terrific young men, still together because someone made a call and became their dad five years ago. >> actually, i found them on the internet. i was looking to adopt a kid, and i saw the picture of them and the profile they had played pea know, and i was like, these three guys play piano and i like singing, so i thought it would be a good match. >> reporter: they new dad says shortly after they first came to live with them, he asked his
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sons, even though they hadn't had much practice, if they would like to perform for a school program. >> what's tdk mime mean? >> terence, demetrius and kevin, we do gospel mime. >> reporter: they hope their message of hope comes from achieving what they first hoped for when we first met them. what was your hope at that time? >> to have a family that cares. >> what did you think when you first met your dad? what did you think when he came in? >> that he was probably a nice person. >> but the boys weren't sure it would happen until it really did. and they actually moved in to become one big happy family. proving that holding on to hope can have its rewards. and they have their way of telling you that without any talk at all. ♪ barbara harrison, news 4, for
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wednesday's child. >> that's the power of a loving home. if you have room in your home and your heart to adopt a child, you can call our hotline at 1-88-to-adopt-me or go to our website, nbcwashington.com. your time now is 11:49. coming up, things to do this weekend in georgetown. plus, veronica johnson is back with what you need to know
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♪ i want to rock right now ♪ i'm not internationally known ♪ ♪ but i'm known through the microphone ♪ ♪ let's go ♪ it takes two to make a thing go right ♪ ♪ it takes two to make it out of -- ♪ ♪ yo, yo, yo, baby ♪ better make it fast ♪ or i'm going to get this ♪ now push it ♪ push it good >> you've got to do the dance with it. you can't just sing that song. for the second time, justin timberlake, jimmy fallon covered some of the best rap songs in the past 30 years. the pair reprized that popular skit, "the history of rap." this started in 2010 when they first performed a medley of hip-hop songs. then last night, they took the stage with a new list of songs in "the history of rap: part
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ii." they broke down songs from outkast, 50 cent, lil' wayne, and rick ross. georgetown is one of the most famous neighborhoods in washington. and if you haven't been there lately, you're missing out on a lot of fun. joining us now with this special georgetown edition of the weekend scene is la vonya from "the washington post." we appreciate you coming in. >> hi, aaron. great to be here. >> good to have you. lets talk about lunch first. going out to georgetown for a good lunch. >> especially if you have visitors in town, they always want to go to georgetown. there's a great fairly new place called thunder burger. this is a great gourmet burger shop, you're seeing so many of these around town. this one's really unique. because lately they've been in the media for serving wild game. you can go on wednesdays, every wednesday they do something called wild wednesdays and they're serving everything from
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turtle fritters to alligator with ribs, as well as some really high-end, really amazing burgers. they serve great whiskey and great burgers. >> turtle? something different, okay. we like that. next, after lunch, maybe you can do a little shopping. there's a men's wear spot? >> there's a new men's wear place in georgetown. georgetown has always been famous for great tailoring. and hugh and cry are two locals, they decided to give up their corporate jobs and start tailoring really amazing men's shirts. they're really affordable, under $100, and they have nine sizes in every shirt. and that's not the numbers, the collars like most guys see, it's tall -- they'll really spend a lot of time with you to find the right shirt. >> and i've been in there. a lot of really nice stuff in there. a great place to check out. we can wrap up with some dessert. the one thing georgetown is not short on is cupcakes, right? >> that's so true. there's so much ice cream and cupcakes. and one place that a lot of people don't see because the line at georgetown cupcake kind
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of overtakes everything is baked and wired. this is a place that's been there for almost ten years. and it's run by two interior designers, so it's super cute. and their peanut butter chocolate cupcake came out really high in "the post" tests of cupcakes citywide. >> i've actually been there too. i had the red velvet, which was really good. a lot of great options there. thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thanks so much. >> for more ideas for your weekend, logon to nbcwashington.com or the going out guide on washingtonpost.com. let's get a look now at some of the stories we're working on for news 4 this afternoon. pat lawson muse joins us from the newsroom, has a preview of what's to come. hi, there, pat. >> hi, aaron, good morning. we'll have a busy afternoon here on news 4. first of all, we're with watching developments in the nfl players' strike, where both sides worked through the night to try to have a deal ready today. also, friending and families. more and more parents are joining facebook and friending their children.
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we'll explain that phenomenon. pay-by-cell parking. it's available everywhere in the district, but the question is, does it work and is it easy to use? liz crenshaw takes a look at the systemwide program tonight on news 4 at 5:00. we'll see you beginning at 4:00. aaron? >> can't wait to see that. all right, thank you, pat. >> all righty. let's get a last look at the forecast now. veronica johnson joins us again. >> thanks a lot, aaron. inside we are, and hopefully we'll stay, with a short trip to get to the car, and then back inside today, all of us. the heat index is currently at 109 degrees. last year the highest that i could find was 108. so already higher than that now. going up to 115 a little later on today. the average, about 108 through the area. but the actual air temperature, anywhere from 97 degrees to 107 with hazy sunshine throughout the area today. and we are expecting poor air quality today as well. the evening, are we going to cool down? well, it's going to be a slow cooldown. still going to be hot, it's still going to be quite uncomfortable, running from 96
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to about 90 degrees as we get to about 10 and 11:00 p.m. that's right. pretty high temperatures, really, aaron, for the evening hours. here's a look at your four-day forecast, folks. ed for today, again, going for 100. for friday, 10, 1, the high temperature with more hazy sunshine. likely to have another excessive heat warning issued for tomorrow. and then, saturday, too, so this dome of heat, highest part of it over us now as we slide into the weekend. there is a chance for some rain too. need the rain, it's been dry around here for a while. we've got a shot of getting some thunderstorms in the evening hours on friday, and a better chance of rain on sunday, the high, 96. next week, we're looking forward to it, with a high around 90 to 93 degrees. >> 90-something never looked so good. thanks, veronica. well, take a look. you could say that this tortoise is really on a roll. literally. he burned his left front leg earlier this year. it was so severe, his doctors feared he might not survive, but
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then one brilliant veterinarian, a surrogate, a student, actually, had an idea, why not amputate the leg and replace it with a wheel? surgery was a success and that turtle is now schooling along again, heeating grass and plant and such. seems to be doing okay. >> it's all about the ball bearings. he should go with one of those skateboard-type wheels. they're really smooth and go fast. just oil it. >> somebody will have to do that. he just has to say "oil." there you go. that's "news 4 midday." be sure to tune in from 4:00 to 7:00 today for all the day's news. we're back tomorrow morning at 4:30. have a good one. stay cool.
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